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The 10 Best Concert Movies Ever

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 17, 2014 2:23 PM
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Concert Docs feature
The concert movie is a strange and ambitious thing, marrying live music to moving pictures and permanently fixing a fleeting, one-night-only live event for the masses so that you can recreate it alone, on tape, whenever you like. It's a noble objective, but a difficult one. If you like, you can just point a few cameras at the stage and leave them running, sure, and many, many concert movies are dull, flatly filmed cash-ins, and almost every band seems to have released a no-frills concert DVD or two at some point. But they’re not all like that, as you’ll find out below, where we’ve selected 10 of the very best.

Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Planned For 2015 Awards Season Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2014 4:20 PM
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Geez, we're well over a year away from even thinking about the 2015 Oscar campaign and already the competition is looking fierce. David O. Russell's "Joy" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant" are already dated, with plenty more contenders to come, including a picture from a directorial legend.

Will Ferrell Will Produce 'Overnight,' Kevin Bacon Joins Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 9:40 AM
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Will Ferrell
Even though they lost, the United States soccer team is moving up to the next round at the World Cup, and Will Ferrell didn't even have to bite anyone. So now he can get back to the business of making movies, and the always-busy actor has yet another project brewing.

Casting: Elisabeth Moss And Luke Evans Join Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise,' Craig Roberts Visits 'Red Oaks' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 25, 2014 1:42 PM
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High-Rise, Moss, Luke Evans
A terrific cast is forming around U.K. filmmaker Ben Wheatley's net film, “High-Rise." The movie already stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons and James Purefoy (HBO’s “Rome”). That’s good enough as it is, but announced last night, joining the cast are “Mad Men” and “Top Of The Lake” star Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans of “The Hobbit” and the upcoming “Dracula Untold.”

Watch: New Video Essay On Martin Scorsese And His Use Of Silence

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 16, 2014 10:56 AM
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Martin Scorsese
Tony Zhou, he of the examination of Spielberg’s long takes, is back with another meticulous look at a great director and an underappreciated aspect of his or her work. This time around: Martin Scorsese and silence (an appropriate subject, given that his next film is titled "Silence"—the long-gestating drama starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Ken Watanabe, which is meant to start filming in Asia in the next few months.

Watch: 30-Minute Talk Between Jon Favreau & Martin Scorsese In 'Dinner For Five'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 18, 2014 10:44 AM
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Martin Scorsese
Before his reinvention as a blockbuster director, Jon Favreau hosted a half-hour show for IFC called “Dinner For Five” that found the multi-hyphenate engaged in conversation with four other guests from the film industry over dinner. Though borne of a simple premise, the show was often illuminating, funny and, most of all, humanizing, especially when larger stars or industry legends were involved. The sole digression from the title-and-premise was a one-on-one conversation with Favreau’s future “The Wolf Of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese that’s been making the rounds online.

Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks Characters & Directors Who Took Bold Risks

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 8, 2014 12:28 PM
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Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese knows a thing or two about taking risks—there aren't many 71-year-old directors who stake their reputation on 3-hour depictions of orgiastic financial crime, or on similarly lengthy children's films about the earliest days of cinema and the internal politics of large train stations. But Marty does, so he seems a good person to ask about risk-taking in cinema, which is exactly what he does in this series of videos, dissecting briefly seven of his favourite risky directing decisions, from the very well-known—the risks Orson Welles took making “Citizen Kane”—and Scorsese's own well-established favourites, including the startling brilliance of Powell and Pressburger's “The Red Shoes,” a film whose directors Scorsese has spent much of his career boosting. But Scorsese also takes in lesser-known names.

Watch: Supercut Of Martin Scorsese's Use Of "Gimme Shelter" In 'Goodfellas,' 'Casino' & 'The Departed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 11:17 AM
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Casino
While there are many recurring motifs, themes and interests one can talk about when discussing the five-decade-plus long career of Martin Scorsese, when it comes to soundtracks, he's long shown an affinity for The Rolling Stones. Close pals with the rock 'n roll legends (he directed their 2008 concert doc "Shine A Light"), even since "Jumpin' Jack Flash" rumbled through "Mean Streets," he's kept an ear for opportunities to use the tunes of Mick 'n Keef. But one song in particular has been a favorite.

The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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Jodorowsky's Dune Poster
The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

Olivia Wilde & Juno Temple Join Martin Scorsese's HBO Music Project And More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 13, 2014 11:16 AM
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Though “Boardwalk Empire” has only one season left in the tank, hopefully, fans of the show can find solace in the fact that the Martin Scorsese/Terence Winter rock ‘n’ roll pilot for HBO is still moving forward. Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple have most recently joined the cast as the pilot is set to begin production this summer.

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